It is simply too early to determine whether or not this summer season’s Tour de France will go forward, says France’s sports activities minister.
Most main sporting occasions have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, together with the Olympic Games and soccer’s European Championships.
Roxana Maracineanu has mentioned France might host the Tour, which she referred to as “a monument of sport” and resulting from run from 27 June to 19 July, with out followers.
“But there’s a time for everything. We have a more urgent fight,” she mentioned.
“It’s still too early to decide. Let’s put all our effort into climbing that mountain before tackling the next one.”
Speaking to French media, Maracineanu mentioned the Tour depends on tv income fairly than ticket gross sales, that means a ‘behind closed doorways’ occasion would “not be so penalising”.
“In this period of confinement, everyone is aware and responsible,” she informed France Bleu.
“Everyone understood the benefits of staying at home and therefore favouring the television show rather than the live show.”
The Giro d’Italia – set for 9-31 May – has been postponed, whereas a call remains to be to be made on the ultimate Grand Tour of the yr, the Vuelta a Espana, which is because of begin on 14 August.